Egypt in the News on 13 December 2020
Human rights continues to dominate the conversation on Egypt in the international press after Italy charged four Egyptian security officials it alleges were involved in the death of PhD student Giulio Regeni with “aggravated kidnapping” with one official also being charged with grievous bodily harm, the Italian press reported on Thursday. The trial, likely to take place in absentia, will go ahead in Italy next year. The move comes a week after Egypt suspended its own investigation into Regeni’s death.
The story topped coverage of Egypt in the foreign press, with the Guardian talking to Regeni’s parents about the latest developments and looking at the number of people who died in Egyptian custody in separate articles, while Human Rights Watch deliberates whether Egypt will cooperate with Italy with no extradition treaty in place between the two countries. Also picking up the story, among others: The New York Times and Politico.
Meanwhile: NBC News looks at whether the incoming Biden administration will pressure Egypt on human rights and nine members of the police service have been sentenced to prison terms on charges of beating to death a street vendor in 2016.